Natitude Sweeps Avalon Nation

An Avalon fourth grader wearing a Washington Nationals hat stands next to a second grader holding a Gio Gonzalez signed baseball to show support for the team during the MLB playoffs on October 10, 2012 in Gaithersburg, Md.

Avalon School students voiced support for the Washington Nationals over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday for the 2012 playoffs.

Fans living in the Baltimore-Washington area were spoiled this summer with two pennant contending baseball teams and both the Nationals (98-64) and Orioles (93-69) have a chance to make it to the World Series.

The Avalon School is separated into three main sections the lower school, the middle school, and the upper school. It was interesting to see the different favorites through the different grade levels.

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper readies himself for a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles in May 2012 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

The majority of the lower school is supporting the nationals for many different reasons.

Fifth grader Darius Johnson supports the Nationals because of the their fast turn around from the cellar of Major League Baseball to the best record in 2012.

In 2009, Washington finished just 59-103 and lost more games then any other franchise in the past 10 years.

Most lower school children cheer for the Nationals simply because Washington is their favorite team.

Also, there are students who just plain don’t like the team that plays north of Interstate 95.

Fifth grader Thomas Davern said, “I am a Red Sox fan and hate the Orioles.”

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones runs sprints before a game against the Oakland A’s in April 2012.

On the other hand, Avalon middle schoolers root for the Orioles and see better prospects for the future with Baltimore.

“They have more potential and I like their players, especially Matt Weiters and Adam Jones,” said seventh grader Steven Shifflett.

Other middle school students expressed support for Baltimore because watched them for as long as they can remember.

In the high school though, practically ever student wanted the Nationals to win.  Excitement for young players including Gio Gonzalez, Bryce Harper, and Stephen Strasburg pique their interest.

High schoolers also understand the tremendous turn around the Nationals have made in past few years and think it is simply spectacular.

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